Rep. Allen West Saves Company from Laying Off Workforce – Employee’s Rally for West

(WASHINGTON)—Congressman Allen West (R-FL) will visit Capitol Supply, an office product distributor in Sunrise, Florida on Thursday.  West will meet with the employees and management team of the company that he prevented from closing due to federal government actions.

Capitol Supply performs transactions with federal customers through the General Services Administration (GSA).  As a result of the GSA’s action to suspend contracts with the company, Capitol Supply was within 30 days of  laying off at least half of its workforce.

“Because of the direct action of Representative Allen West, the employees of Capitol Supply were saved,” said Robert Steinman, CEO of Capitol Supply.  “The employees are excited to meet Congressman West and thank him in person for his actions.”

Upon hearing of the company’s problem late last year, Congressman West contacted GSA Administrator Martha Johnson to discuss Capitol Supply’s standing with GSA and what appeared to be a miscommunication between the agency and the small business.  The issue was eventually resolved before Capitol Supply would have been forced to close its doors.

“My role as a Congressman is to be an advocate on behalf of businesses that work with the federal government,” West said.  “I appreciate Capitol Supply acknowledging my efforts, and I am pleased the company will continue to operate in South Florida.”

Steinman says employees plan to have banners and balloons to welcome Congressman West.  Many of the signs will read “Thank You,” and “Job well done, Congressman.”

Capitol Supply has operated in Sunrise, Florida since 1983 and has 41 employees.

Congressman West is a member of the House Small Business Committee.

Rep. West Visits Capitol Supply

Thursday, September 27th

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

1000 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway

Suite 452

Sunrise, FL

*Media invited to attend

Rep. Allen West Receives Guardian of Small Business Award

West Receives Perfect Score from National Federation of Independent Businesses

(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (R-FL) received the coveted National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award Thursday.

The award is presented to Members of Congress who NFIB considers “champions” of small business owners. West received a perfect score of ‘100’ for his votes on 13 key NFIB supported pieces of legislation concerning issues from healthcare, energy and Federal Government regulations.

“Our small businesses are at the heart of keeping this economy going and I am proud to receive this award,” West said. “As I travel Dixie Highway in Palm Beach County and visit small businesses in South Florida, I see firsthand the importance of expanding opportunities and reducing burdensome regulations on our independent employers. Our small businesses represent the best of the American spirit and I will continue to be their voice on Capitol Hill.”

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised West for his commitment to American business owners.

“In the 112th Congress, Representative West proved he is willing to stand up and do big things for small business,” Danner said.  “Guardian-award winners are genuine small business champions, consistently voting to promote and protect the right of small business owners to own, operate and grow their businesses.”

For a complete look at how each Member of Congress voted, click here

Congressman Allen West is a member of the House Committee on Small Business and is a member of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce and the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.

The Guardian of Small Business Award is presented to lawmakers who vote with small businesses 70 percent or more of the time and demonstrate a commitment to protecting free enterprise.

National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB has 350,000 members and its mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.

Rep. Allen West Brings Small Businesses Together with Defense Industry Experts

(West Palm Beach)— A total of 19 businesses attended Congressman Allen West’s (R-FL) roundtable discussion today to listen and speak directly to Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO).  The discussion focused on breaking down the bureaucracy and red tape that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for small and medium-sized companies to successfully navigate the Defense Department’s acquisition system and obtain contracts.

Congressman West is a Member of both the Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee in the United States House of Representatives.  As a Member of the HASC Panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry, he has a unique opportunity to address these concerns.

“Our small businesses are hurting and anxious to get to work where they are needed, and National Security can benefit from the innovative and competitive spirit that only small businesses can bring,” West said. “In order to do this successfully, we need predictability, certainty and stability in the Defense industry ”

Topics discussed today included: contract bundling, removing barriers to the Federal procurement process, and optimizing Department of Defense use of taxpayer dollars to help small businesses compete.

“We need to look at ways to make the Small Business Administration Office within the Department of Defense work more efficiently,” Shuster said.  “It is essential to find ways to make it easier for small businesses to obtain work with the federal government.”

More than 1,000 South Florida businesses are currently seeking opportunities to offer their services to the federal government.  The federal government spends half a trillion dollars on contracted goods and services and owes it to hardworking taxpayers to make sure their money is used wisely and efficiently.  Government contracting offers a unique opportunity to invest in small businesses while also stimulating the economy. Small businesses created the majority of jobs, about 65 percent, over the last 17 years.

“I’ve been struggling for years trying to figure out a way to break in the world of defense contracts, knowing that I have a product the United States military may find useful,” a small business owner who attended the event said.  “After getting the opportunity to talk with both Chairman Shuster and Graves, I am confident I can now get the ball rolling to securing a federal contract, which is essential for my business.  I appreciate Congressman West’s willingness to hold such an event.”

During the event,  Representative Graves and Representative West discussed their cosponsored legislation, the Contractor Opportunity Protection (COP) Act.  The Contractor Opportunity Protection Act provides more transparency in the contracting process, a stronger opportunity to appeal unjustified bundling, and the creation of a third party arbiter.  See more on the legislation here.

For pictures of the event, click here.


Rep Allen West to host small business event: Chairman travels to South Florida

  “Small Business Owners Need Access to Federal Contracts”

WHAT:   Congressman Allen West (R-FL) welcomes House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves
(R-MO) and House Armed Services Committee Member Bill Shuster (R-PA) to South Florida Tuesday to meet with South Florida small businesses seeking federal contracts. The event is hosted by the House Armed Services Special Panel on Business Challenges in the Defense Community, of which Congressman West is a member.

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 21st
9:30 am to 11:00 am

WHERE:  Florida Atlantic University Jupiter Campus
John D. MacArthur Campus
5353 Parkside Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

WHY:    More than 1,000 South Florida businesses are currently seeking Federal contracts but often have a difficult time navigating through the process.  This roundtable discussion will help address some of the kinks in the Federal procurement process, and allow South Florida small businesses a better opportunity to land contracts with the Federal government.

“National Security needs the kind of innovative and competitive spirit that only small business bring,” West said.  “This discussion will allow small businesses in Florida’s defense industry the opportunity to voice their ideas.”

*Please see attached information on the Contractor Protection Act of 2012.  Rep. West along with Chairman Graves is today introducing legislation to make it easier for small businesses to compete for Federal Contracts.

*Media wishing to cover the event, please contact Communications Director Angela Melvin at 202-731-1778.

Contagious Transformation Welcomes Rep Allen West 1/23/12 5:05 PM EST Don’t Miss It!

Congressman Allen West (Rep) (FL) is hosting a Forum about Black Conservatism, to be moderated by Star Parker.

The Conservative Black Forum will discuss issues regarding unemployment in the black community, conservative values, and the social disparity in urban communities.  The forum will be an intimate and in-depth dialogue on the black conservative voice in the United States.

What:  Conservative Black Forum
When:  Monday, January 23, 2012
Time:  10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: United States Capitol, House Small Business Committee, Rayburn 2360

The Following topics to be discussed included:

  • Perception vs. reality when it comes to Black Conservatism
  • Urban issues in the 21st Century
  • The black church and state
  • The true history of civil rights Conservative principles in the black community GOP outreach
Then immediately following this dynamic event Congressman Allen West will join us and  he will discuss the forum and these issues on Contagious Transformation!  Monday, at 5:00 PM EST
Congressman Allen West proudly and humbly serves the constituents of Florida’s 22nd district, encompassing parts of beautiful Broward and Palm Beach Counties along South Florida’s coastline.  Born and raised in the inner city of Atlanta, in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached, patriotism is in Congressman West’s blood. His father was a Corporal in the U.S. Army and served in the European theater of operations in WW II, and his mother, the outspoken and lovable “Snooks” West, worked as a civilian on a local Military Installation. “My father was proud of his own service, and believed that serving your country was the greatest of all honors,” West said.  “Both of my parents taught me that it was not necessary to rely on a government handout to achieve my goals. They wanted me to believe in myself and told me that in America, with hard work, all things are possible.”

VIDEO – Rep. Allen West’s Q&A during the Effects of NLRB and DOL Rules Hearing

On Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., the House Small Business Committee held a full committee hearing entitled, “Adding to Uncertainty: The Impact of DOL/NLRB Decisions and Proposed Rules on Small Businesses.” The hearing took place in room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing focused on recent decisions and proposed rules by the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor that some fear disadvantage small businesses in union organizing drives. The hearing also examined how these proposed rules and decisions add to the myriad of uncertainties facing small businesses as they struggle to survive and create jobs in today’s economy.